One of these ships was so high out of the water when empty that it could not fit under National Gypsum's loader in Dartmouth. Instead it anchored in Bedford Basin and had cargo shuttled out to it. Cargo shuttling and top offs had become a specialty of CSL, and had been taking place in the Strait of Canso and other ports for some time. Usually the cargoes were iron ore or coal, but this was the first to happen in Halifax, and the first with gypsum that I know of.
A broadside view of the ship in Tampa gives an indication of its size.
Anchored in Bedford Basin, as seen from the National Gypsum dock.
Atlantic Erie alongside, must move back and forth along the length of the bigger ship to distribute the cargo.
CSL's Atlantic Erie (ex Hon. Paul Martin) 24,300 grt, built in 1985, arrived soon after and made three shuttle trips out to the bigger ship to load it up to near capacity.
Unloading aggregates at Tampa, the ship carries "CSL" on its boom.
Berhard Oldendorff is still sailing in the CSL Americas pool, running Gulf of Mexico, and east coast North America. Atlantic Erie is part of CSL's domestic fleet and operates mostly on the St.Lawrence with coal/coke, iron ore and salt, and visits Halifax periodically for gypsum.